I’ve got a huge backlog of reviews to get out, so I’m just going to keep it (really) short and simple for two of the documentaries I’ve seen recently.

Searching for Sugarman

Rodriguez was a musician who was a household name in Apartheid South Africa with hits like Sugarman, Street Boy and I Wonder. Despite Rodriguez being a huge success in South Africa, no one knew anything about the man behind the music.  Two South Africans decide to find out the truth about his mysterious death.

Movie Rating: I’ll be the first to admit that I had no clue who Rodriguez was. Even though I didn’t know his name, when I heard the opening tune playing as the documentary started a light bulb turned on inside my head. I had gone into this documentary pretty blind, and I was totally blown away. Music and documentary lovers will get more out of this movie than your average joe, but even an audience with no clue about the man or his music will be entranced by his story. 

The only thing I found a major disappointment relates to production – even though this is a South African story, it’s made by Europeans. Why South Africa? Why?

Indie Game – The Movie

Indie Game is a crowd sourced documentary that takes a look at the lives of three different groups of indie (independent) video game developers. The documentary looks briefly at the game development process, but spends most of its time with the people behind the games. Indie Game looks at how the developers struggled with money, social politics and their own emotions, in order to get their games finished and out the door.

Movie Rating: You’d be wrong if you though Indie Game was just about video games. Indie Game – The Movie is really an inspiring story about pursuing your dreams. It’s definitely not easy, and there’s no guarantee you’ll make it, but if you do the pay-off is totally worth it. A must-see for anyone in any creative industry.

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